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As a runner and avid weightlifter I’m constantly looking to fuel my body, and fuel my body with “real food” not with foods I can’t say or spell. Yes, I fell victim to the processed foods that are full of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. Why? Cause I liked the boost they would give me a “sugar-high” some would call it, but I found that these foods couldn’t sustain me, and once I would come down from the “sugar-high” it would be a crash landing. So i decided a few years ago to fuel my body with only whole types foods, food like Chia-seeds, fruits, and nuts. However, carrying these types of foods around can become a chore and messy, especially on a 3hr run. I always thought to myself, why doesn’t someone come up with a bar where I can get all these types of foods in one bite…well then I discovered PROBAR, a bar made out of “real-foods”.
Who is PROBAR?
The PROBAR is a company out of Salt Lake City, UT who make a variety of bars ranging from energy bars to meal replacements. All of their bars are organic and “NON-GMO”, they are in-fact involved in the www.nongmoproject.org where “verification is to give consumers transparency and access to clearly labeled Non-GMO Project Verified food and products. The Project seal tells the consumer that the product has gone through a rigorous third-party review process ensuring the product has been produced with consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance.”
I was given three flavors of PROBAR noted above to test and review. I was expecting the bars to be dry as I’ve had quite a few energy bars before and most of them were dry and crumbly. However, PROBAR were soft and moist they weren’t dry whatsoever. One of the first things I noticed and was very impressed with was the actual real-food they use in their bars. Things like, Blueberries, Chia-seeds, and Cashews I could plainly see them in the bars. I also found that the taste was outstanding. In each key ingredient like the blueberry PROBAR I was able to taste just that. blueberries. The other ingredients didn’t overpower the bar’s main ingredient, in-fact in each of the bars I tasted the mix complimented each other quite well.
OK, we know the PROBAR tastes good, but what about the performance/endurance? I found that the bar did sustain me quite well and was a good alternative to gel type products I usually take. I used the PROBARS mostly as a pre-workout bar especially on my long runs. I found that the bar gave me the energy I needed to run for about 90mins before I felt I needed another bar or gel type product. This is awesome for me because I usually take a gel type product every 45mins during my longer runs. I love how the bars didn’t upset my stomach either before or during my workouts, which as I have called out in my other posts could be an issue.
- Dairy Free
- Easy to chew
- Packaging – I like to see a better package which would allow me to clip the bar through an eye-lid so that I could carry it outside of a pouch
- Size – I feel that for the cost of the bar you’re not getting a whole lot.
If you are looking for an alternative to the classic gel type product, and don’t want your performance to take a hit, i would highly recommend PROBAR. It’s a great tasting alternative that will give you above and beyond performance.
What are other saying about PROBAR?
Comment below on what you use to fuel your runs?